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Lebanon is suffering from a severe Covid-19 spike and authorities have imposed a curfew in a desperate attempt to contain the virus.

Three Syrian businessmen who have been sanctioned by the US over their alleged ties to the regime, have been linked to the purchase of ammonium nitrate.

Lebanon considers tighter lockdown amid coronavirus surge

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Lebanon considers tighter lockdown amid coronavirus surge

Lebanon's handling of the virus surge amid a deepening economic crisis has been under scrutiny, with many saying hesitant policies have failed to contain the spread of the disease.

Lebanon's Hariri pays unannounced visit to Erdogan

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Lebanon's Hariri pays unannounced visit to Erdogan

Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri paid an unannounced visit to Turkey to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Lebanon begins new lockdown amid surge in coronavirus cases

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Lebanon begins new lockdown amid surge in coronavirus cases

With infections hitting record levels, Lebanon is entering a 25 day lockdown, to stop hospitals becoming overwhelmed.

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Covid-19 hit Lebanese in desperate hunt for hospital beds

There are shortages in hospital beds Lebanon due to the coronavirus crisis.

Paul McLoughlin

2021 could be even worse for the Middle East

Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria are the countries most at risk according to the IRC Emergency Watchlist for 2021.

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Medics warn of coronavirus 'catastrophe' in Lebanon

Lebanon, with a population of around six million, has recorded 183,888 coronavirus cases, including 1,466 deaths, since February.

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The New Arab's Most Important Stories from 2020

A retrospective of our coverage of 2020's leading stories

Lebanon PM's office backtracks on FBI blast report

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Lebanon PM's office backtracks on FBI blast report

Diab told journalists a report by the US domestic intelligence agency showed less than a quarter of the reported ammonium nitrate had actually ...

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Lebanon government says it can only afford six-months subsidies

Many Lebanese rely on government subsidies to afford basic goods.

Coronavirus dampens Christmas joy in Bethlehem and elsewhere

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Coronavirus dampens Christmas joy in Bethlehem and elsewhere

Coronavirus restrictions are keeping away the thousands of visitors who usually celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus.

Lebanese ex-army photographer shot dead outside his home

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Lebanese ex-army photographer shot dead outside his home

Joseph Bejjani was gunned down by two unidentified men who approached him in his car, which was parked outside his home in the town of Kahaleh ...

Lebanon passes landmark law criminalising sexual harassment

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Lebanon passes landmark law criminalising sexual harassment

Lebanon's parliament on Monday passed a landmark bill criminalising sexual harassment and amended a controversial domestic violence law.

'Like Xanax': In Lebanon, crisis comedy combats trauma

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'Like Xanax': In Lebanon, crisis comedy combats trauma

Comedians have found plenty of material in the many mishaps of Lebanon, a multi-confessional country still deeply divided after the 1975-1990 ...

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Nine in 10 Lebanon-based Syrian refugee families extremely poor

The UN found nine out of 10 Syrian refugee families in Lebanon are living in extreme poverty.

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Beirut blast probe suspended amid political tussle

The Lebanese judge investigating the Beirut blast suspended the probe after two ministers he charged requested he be removed.

Gaia Caramazza

Why the Middle East cannot ignore violence against women

A new survey by the Arab Barometer highlights the devastating impact of gender-based violence in the Middle East during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Lebanon's PM refuses further questioning over port blast

Premier Hassan Diab has rejected the charges as "politically targeting" the position of prime minister, accusing the prosecutor leading the ...

Before a public memorial, <em>Beirut</em> needs to heal

Florence Massena

Before a public memorial, Beirut needs to heal

With homes still destroyed and no one held accountable for Beirut's devastating port blast, plans to build a memorial site could prove ...

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Lebanon judge indicts PM, 3 ex-ministers over port blast

The outgoing premier is among three former ministers who are being indicted over the Beirut port explosion that decimated much ...

Jumblatt signals no movement on Hariri government formation

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Jumblatt signals no movement on Hariri government formation

Lebanon's main Druze politician said there would be no 'white smoke' to signal that a new government formation is in the making.

<em>Beirut</em> silos at heart of debate about <em>port</em> blast

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Beirut silos at heart of debate about port blast

The Beirut explosion cost the lives of hundreds, and decimated the city centre, and Lebanon is still reeling from the destruction ...

Lebanon's Hezbollah sues PM's brother over blast accusation

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Lebanon's Hezbollah sues PM's brother over blast accusation

Bahaa Hariri, who lives in exile, is reportedly being sued by Hezbollah, whom he accused of being responsible for the Aug 4 blast.

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